After the last year`s, spectacular success of unbeaten Pianissima and the record-setting sale of the World Champion Mare Kwestura for 1 125 000 EUR, we thought that for next emotions of the comparable size we`d have to wait a long time. Achieving such high standards again became a real challenge for the organizers, who had to prepare another sales list, attractive enough to encourage the buyers from all over the world. There appeared, however, some doubts, if the global financial crisis didn`t negatively influence the sales results, by discouraging certain foreign breeders?
Pride of Poland Sale
The National Show was run in an idyllic atmosphere, whereas since the very beginning of the auction it turned into chaos; lack of music, a sleepy audience and complete lack of a mood that should be present at this kind of event. Only presentation of a touching movie about Pianissima and her newborn filly, delivered in a natural way, charming, bay Pia by Ganges, what preceded the first bidding – of Lot 0, Pianissima 2010 Produce – warmed up the atmosphere. In fact, a film showing the Multichampion grazing fresh, green grass, with her joyfully playing filly, made a perfect sales gimmick, arousing emotions of a potential owner of a future foal out of that unique mare. This way the first sale of an unborn foal in the history of Janów Auction proved successful – the owners of Royal Arabians Stud, from the US, paid 175 000 EUR for the possibility of fulfilling their dream about introducing their own breeding conception with the most beautiful mare in the world.
This bidding was really fascinating, but afterwards emotions subsided – the next two mares, Pelota and Elgara, didn’t achieved their reserve prices, so left the ring unsold. Did it mean, that because of the crisis spectators from all over the world were to replace buyers? A slight anxiety appeared, the more, that during the bidding of chestnut Fallada (Monogramm – Fanaberia/Probat), who achieved 480 000 EUR, the auctioneer declared, that the mare didn`t reach her reserve price. However, Jerzy Zbyszewski, who commented the sale, gave a contrary information, that the mare was sold, but did not say where. It was Mrs. Shirley Watts from Great Britain who broke the losing streak, offering 230 000 EUR for the daughter of Pipi, the bay Preria. Several minutes later she gave 500 000 EUR for the young mare Pinta (Ekstern – Pilar/Fawor), initiating the every year`s competition for the most attractive horses.
Summarizing, at the main sale entered were 33 mares of the highest quality. Sold were 27 of them (Fallada, as we found out, as eventually sold after the sale by way of negotiation to Knocke Arabians, Belgium, for 465 000 EUR), including 3 mares sold just after the auction (Pelota, Nike, Basta). Only three ones were unsold, what made a completely satisfying result, comparing to the last year`s auction, when 1/3 from the entered 37 mares returned to the stables. The total sum achieved at the main auction resulted 2 444 000 EUR – the figure slightly lower than last year. One must, however, notice, that last year`s total financial effect was caused mostly by the spectacular transaction of selling Kwestura for the record-breaking sun of 1 125 000 EUR. On the other hand, this year`s average price per head – 81 000 EUR – was 5 000 EUR higher than the last year`s one (excluding Kwestura). For 6 times achieved were sums higher than 100 000 EUR, what proved, that the crisis didn`t finally influenced the Janów Auction, successful enough.
The auction itself, however, ended with a slight feeling of dissatisfaction, quick falls of the hammer, discontentment of the buyers, repeated biddings and a heavy and strangely stiff atmosphere… Expected was a great show, the more that in the corner of the hall set was a large outdoor screen, displaying not only the Lot 0 offer, but some special film produced earlier, accompanying the bidding for each horse. All that was, after all, deprived of the specific charm and magic, typical for the previous auctions and shows. Why the auction had to be conducted in a deaf silence, whereas during the National Show the DJ could display music suitable for different age groups and even for the weather and general atmosphere?
This year`s event organizers proved, that many faults might be improved, many novelties and facilities might be introduced. Let`s hope then, that in the next year the event will be organized much better, whereas Polish Arabians will never lose their high rank in the World, elaborated by centuries.
Photo gallery by Katarzyna Dolińska
Photo gallery by Mateusz Jaworski